This has been a wonderful summer so far, and except for one nasty sunburn that's peeling away, I've enjoyed sun and surf. We've had two sets of visitors here over the last two weeks, so reading has been a little sporadic. Here's a little bit of what we've been up to.
Close by along the North Shore is Waimea Bay, and up the valley behind it is the Waimea Valley Audubon Center. The Center has beautiful gardens, natural vegetation, Hawaiian archaeological sites, and a waterfall at the end of the trail that runs whenever the rainfall is high.
For those of you who are Lost fans, this is where Kate and Sawyer had a bit of a frolic in the pool at the base of the waterfall and end up seeing dead people in the water. I believe that it was in Season 1? Well, this is that waterfall. Don't let it fool you though. Five of the seven times I've been up there, it was dry! This was a real treat, and I was glad my friend got to see it flowing.
On Friday night we went to a neighbor's 75th birthday party, and can I tell you, that was some party! I've now decided that our Polynesian friends know how to celebrate. There was a wonderful luau, with enough food to eat yourself into a food coma, an amazing singer who sang island music, and beautiful, spontaneous hula dancing by several ladies in our community who are amazing to watch. Below are a couple of video clips of the entertainment.
This last video was the grown children of the birthday girl, dancing the hula to a local song they used to sing when taking tourists down to Laie Bay (Hukilau Beach Park) for a traditional hukilau. Last year I blogged about a hukilau we went to, and this was a little song that went along with it. The clip is short, only about half of the song, but is a fun snapshot.
I want to throw parties like this, where I set up giant tents and haul out the eats. Why don't my friends, family, and neighbors bust out in cool songs and dance? Okay, so I don't know that I really want them to, but wouldn't it be cool if it WAS normal?